You might be asking yourself: what’s the best kind of shape you can attain naturally? It’s something we’ve all asked ourself during a bodybuilding or aesthetics transformation.
If it wasn’t already hard enough to figure out what’s possible, a lot of sites also love to mix up naturals and fake naturals who use PEDs while claiming they’re natural.
Today, we’re going to look at the best real natural bodybuilders – the men who have pushed to their natural limits. These are the examples of what you can achieve in terms of both muscle and conditioning without PEDs.
This list is going to include famous natural bodybuilders and some personal favourites that show impressive levels of natural bodybuilding – and I update it all the time, so let me know if you think I’ve missed anyone!
A few notes on our list
We’re going to cover the popular personalities out there who have put their physiques and hard work on the internet. We all know there are gym monsters out there who keep it low-key, and local gyms have their own impressive natural bodybuilders.
This list will cover people who might not even compete, but still show us natural bodybuilders what is possible. If they don’t get their glory on the stage, they’re going to get it on this list, because they deserve recognition!
Remember: this list isn’t in order of favourites or most impressive. Everyone here is doing awesome and it’s a list of inspirational and impressive
(Disclaimer: If you appear on this list and don’t want to be part of it, please send me directly a message at [email protected])
Steve Reeves, natural bodybuilder from the 50’s!
Let’s give priority to the old-school ones! The ones who dictated the sport!
Steve Reeves was born 21st of January 1926 in Glasgow, Montana, and passed away at 74 years old in Escondido, California. He was an American actor and bodybuilder. I believe Steve Reeves was natural even though a lot of people will contradict it.
Here are the best titles he has gotten in his bodybuilding career!
- 1947 : Mr. America
- 1948 : Mr. World
- 1950 : Mr Univers
Here is a summary of what to take from Steve Reeves:
By Reeves’s own account, at his bodybuilding peak he stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 metres) tall, weighed 216 pounds (98 kg), had 18.25-inch (46.4-cm) biceps, a 52-inch (132-cm) chest, a 29-inch (74-cm) waist, and 38-inch (96.5-cm) hips.
- He was an adept of full body work-outs rather than split ones
- He was highly determined to reach a new goal each work-out
- He would try to put himself in a trance mode for his workouts
- He was a big fan of powerwalking (walking long distances carrying light weights)
His most interesting quote for the ones who want to keep it natural was:
“I don’t believe in bodybuilders using steroids. If a man doesn’t have enough male hormones in his system to create, a nice hard, muscular body, he should take up ping pong.”
Natural Power then! There is an article on how to get aesthetics like Steve Reeves!
Eugene Sandow, natural bodybuilder of the 19th century!
Crap! I forgot to talk about Eugene before Steve Reeves. Let’s not forget the man who we owe bodybuilding to.
We bring it back to 1867, so that’s for sure there was no performance-enhancing drugs!
To be fair, Eugene Sandow was one strong guy. He reminds us of what is achievable naturally.
He could one-arm snatch 180lbs. It’s been claimed Eugene could do stuff like one-finger pull-ups and back flips with 15kg weights in his hands. One last claim was that he could lift or bench-press a cow! It’s hard to affirm this one (maybe a baby cow?).
This way of posing is definitely a bit strange compared to the modern days…or maybe not? Let’s be honest, some of the poses today lack originality. You be the judge!
I am sorry, but Eugene Sandow does not have Instagram to show his accomplishments…
Natural bodybuilder and youtuber Alpha destiny!
Let’s come back to the youtube game.
Alexander Leonidas from Canada is a YouTuber which has shown an impressive physique over the years.
He also talks about the “natural limit” and how natural bodybuilders often overuse this concept.
His philosophy goes for focusing on muscles which will make natural bodybuilders look big, fast.
Any “hard-gainer” would see themselves improve pretty quickly with this kind of approach.
He also insists on how important strength is when you are training as a natural bodybuilder and that volume is not the only important factor.
His program unfortunately gets a bad reputation on some forums.
It looks like people don’t like real natural bodybuilding knowledge!
Alexander is quite short and very stocky. His lifts are more than impressive for his bodyweight and have increased impressively in the last couple of years.
Alexander does not seem to be a big fan of the abuse of steroids in the fitness industry and the fake naturals trend either.
From his videos, here are some of his performances:
175kg bench-press at 170lbs/77kg bodyweight
10x235kg trapbar deadlift
100kg overhead press
His Instagram here!
Youtuber and natural bodybuilder Natural Hypertrophy!
I’ve discovered Natural hypertrophy on YouTube. A guy who talks the truth and is always the first to comment on Greg Doucette’s videos to get noticed by potential followers (on everyone’s channel actually, not just Greg Doucette’s).
And it works well, Natural hypertrophy is seeing is channel grow quickly!
One similarity with Alpha destiny is that they’re both massive and both speak french.
The physique shown in his videos is what to expect from a hardworking level of natural bodybuilding.
He discusses controversial subjects and wants more honesty in the fitness industry.
You will find some videos where he debates the authenticity of sites such as nattyornot.com. You will also find him on topics such as debating whether injuries are simply bad luck, or discussing the full range of motion principles.
One thing which stands out in his channel is also his passion for mangas which he often uses as a source of inspiration in his videos. Luckily, there even is Natural hypertrophy’s interview on the blog! A must read (or listen!)
Here are some stats that I’ve encountered watching his content:
15x120kg partial yates rows
35 push-ups in 30 seconds
Watch his transformation:
Geoffrey Verity Schofield
Do you want to have someone greeting you with a “What’s up human kind” or “What’s up mouth breathers”?
Then you should follow Geoffrey. I have noticed Geoffrey for the first time on Quora, I was simply starting to post a few answers on this huge forum when I saw that someone under the name of Geoffrey Verity Schofield was getting millions of views for his answers. There was almost no thread where I could answer something Geoffrey had not answered yet! I humbly left Quora with my thousands of views a month and decided I should use another platform :).
Geoffrey has monopolised Quora and built an insane following on the giant red forum. His Youtube channel as a result is growing quickly and he today speaks truth and honesty to an audience of 12000 subscribers.
That’s his main goal, bringing the right information and honesty in the fitness industry and that seems to work very well so far. In terms of lifts, it is pretty hard to find videos where he will mention his best lifts.
There has been a 20×160 sumo deadlift featured in one of his videos. I believe in the three powerlifting movements, Geoffrey would definitely go for a total above 500+.(kilos)
Youtuber Omar Isuf, natural bodybuilder and powerlifter!
A very well known real natural bodybuilder in the bodybuilding and fitness community.
Omar talks about powerlifting and bodybuilding and debates on subjects like “who should bench and who should not?” or also likes to talk about controversial subjects, just like there is on this blog such as “modern bodybuilding vs old school bodybuilding”.
Omar has similarities to most of the other natural bodybuilders presented on this page, he lifts a shit (oops) ton of weight! It shows that mixing powerlifting and bodybuilding works to get massive! (see powerbuilding).
Omar has got some impressive lifts:
Bench: 160kg paused
Check out his transformation video:
Arthur, natural bodybuilder and frenchman!
Right, I think I have reached a very good level of natural bodybuilding so I’d like to be part of this list to show what’s achievable naturally.
I would spend afternoons in the gym everyday and try to get as much as I could on the bench-press, my favourite exercise.
- Bench-press: 182.5kg
- Squat: 175kg (I know)
- Deadlift: 250kg
I often talk about the fact natural bodybuilders can train much longer than what science will say!
The natural limit is far! Here is my youtube channel.
Igor from Vitruvian physique, natural bodybuilder and youtuber.
Top natural bodybuilder – the type of physique you’d want to attain when you get into bodybuilding (to go show off on the beach). Talking seriously, many people soon or later will realise you can’t get this type of physique 3 months before summer time.
Igor has been competing in the past but found himself quite disappointed of the overall decision. He describes the whole process as enjoyable and a great experience but because bodybuilding isn’t always fair and the judges made questionable decisions.
Nonetheless, Igor has gone down to a single digit body fat and shown some real natural bodybuilder elite physique level on stage.
Not only on stage, but in the gym Igor also shows some impressive lifts which can be reached by anyone natural who’s ready to work his ass off.
He also makes videos about the reality of steroid use in the world of bodybuilding and how you have to be careful.
Here are a few lifts Igor has completed:
Bench: 140kgx4 at 199lbs
Natural bodybuilder and youtuber Jason Gallant!
Jason from the natural Gallant bodybuilding channel is one of the best natural physique out there. I discovered him last year.
We are talking massive looks!
That’s literally the type of guy who you might think he is taking something but no, he isn’t.
He attained his physique after more than 20 years of hard training. A 2-3 hours daily training program was part of this guy’s routine. He has been featured a few times in magazines. Not your average natural bodybuilder then!
When we see this footage of him on stage, we can somehow regret on the way the fitness industry has turned out to be nowadays. We rarely see this creativity anymore. With the split and the dance moves, that is game over for other competitors.
His youtube channel is about natural bodybuilding and how to train as a natural bodybuilder. There is also this 80’s vibe which is enjoyable! Jason is always dancing and is not scared of showing his true personality with top bodybuilding content!
Some of his best lifts are:
Squat: 25x180kg reps
The bodybuilding world has not given enough credit to this guy!
Last thing, I also very recently discovered his spiritual channel! Check it out.
Charlie, natural bodybuilder from the U.K!
Charlie is an English man from the north and not your average natural bodybuilder! This type of physique is getting into the elite category. Some remarkable lifts such as 6x50kg on shoulder presses or 1x160kg on the bench press.
Charlie had humble beginnings and was what you would define someone as a “hard-gainer”. Charlie started being a skinny kid as he was only weighing about 12 stones. If you haven’t read his interview, you should, because you’ll learn a lot from this guy.
Charlie will teach you the ways to become massive and strong! Follow his Instagram page.
Greg O’gallagher, natural bodybuilder and youtuber!
If you are familiar with this famous youtubeur, Greg “is the type of guy” who has great natural programs for natural bodybuilders. A great understanding of how strength and volume training should be combined together for an optimal natural physique.
His category falls more for those who want to have a great natural physique while enjoying their life on the side and not having to spend 24/7 in the gym. He often gets pissed off about the current fitness industry and the amount of fake naturals which are “spoiling the sport”. Greg sometimes sometimes gets a lot of hate but no one can deny here that Greg is very strong for his bodyweight.
Here is his 27 reps on the benchpress at 225lbs
David, natural bodybuilder, weightlifter and powerlifter!
I often talk about specialising in the articles posted on this blog. Because it’s key to become super good at a specific exercise. The thing is… what happens when you come across David who is good at everything? This guy can do the human flag, do 30 strict pull up, squat 180kg, deadlift 220kg and bench 145kg at 80kg/175lbs body weight.
David has suffered a lot of injuries and recently got back into training. After only 3 months, his muscle memory hasn’t left him down. In this video, he smashes 18 pull ups on the “Sally up” challenge.
Natural bodybuilder and youtuber Nick’s strength and power!
Nick’s strength and power is a famous youtubeur. Probably one of the most famous natural bodybuilder out there. Nick has been dedicated to natural bodybuilding his whole life and never decided to pursue non-natural bodybuilding. Natural bodybuilding or not, he talks about bodybuilding in general.
Nick has built an impressive physique as a natural bodybuilder. His preferred lift probably is strict curling.
His best lifts:
- 65kg strict curl
- 60kg/135lbs x12 overheadpress
- 220kg/485lbs deadlift (at least)
Nick will give advice on his channel and will document all bodybuilding history and events (3 to 4 videos a day). If that’s what you are into, you can check out this channel!
Oh, and to my surprise, I also discovered he will sometimes show his hedgehog. Hedgehog gains, let’s go.
Jean, natural bodybuilder and French man!
Jean has got a great physique. Honestly impressive and he is a very strong guy. Not only that, but he has got some aesthetics going on. You can check him out on his interview for the blog.
Jean has not always been that kind of monster though. He used to be skinny. Look at that picture.
Today, Jean can claim to bench-press 145kg, squat 190kg, deadlift 220kg. His bodyweight? 83kg/180lbs!
If you like Jean’s transformation, follow him on Instagram.
Vicsnatural, natural bodybuilder and youtuber.
Vicsnatural! His shape is too amazing. Even me, as someone who has trained massively over 10 years, I looked at his physique the first time and though it might be a fake natty?
But to be honest with you, my intuition tells me he is a natural!
His physique looks anything but the classic “3D steroids delts. It looks natural, naturally good!
Maybe he has got great genetics too? But honestly, after training almost everyday for 20 years, of course you can achieve that naturally. Having his incredible biceps peak though? Not given to everyone.
There is a video where he also shows his brother. Very impressive if natural! There are some muscle freaks in this family! Follow him if you like the content!
Vincent, Natural fitness model, 22 years old.
Vincent would never say “I am a bodybuilder”. He would rather say that he was working out to get a fitness model shape. Adding him to this list was for me to show how lean you can get naturally.
There are too many people out there who would never believe that it is possible to reach such low body-fat while remaining natural. Vincent went super low and looked as lean as someone using diuretics!
Vincent has stopped training for fitness as much as he used to. He is now dedicated to spirituality at a 100%.
There is his interview there. In my opinion, Vincent could have done insanely well in men’s physique even natural and without being a mass monster like these guys today. That’s because his level of definition was freaky and proportions undeniably awesome.
Ryan Terry? Never heard of her!
For Vincent’s instagram and learning more about mindfulness, it’s here.
Will is a British student who’s got an incredible natural physique. If you’re looking to grow big arms, this guy is your inspiration number one! Will has only been training for 4 years, that’s to show how well you can do in that amount of time.
Will was pushed to train by his friends who told him he’d do very well at it and that it was a shame he had not started lifting weights yet. Will is not obsessed with how much he can lift but rather the aesthetic side of bodybuilding. Although both are correlated, his priority is to proportionally build some mass to then cut down and see his incredible results.
Bodybuilding has had a great effect on his life, it has changed him both physically and mentally. It gave him the right attitude towards working hard, being disciplined – day in day out dedication.
His best tips for beginners is just to be consistent and stick at it. When he started, he mentions he did not really feel like gyming but as soon as he got results, he then couldn’t imagine his life without it!
Adrian Pietrariu, natural bodybuilder competitor
Adrian is a natural bodybuilding competitor who’s won many titles and that I discovered recently in generation iron’s interviews. This was during the making of the film: Generation Iron, natty 4 life!
Adrian has a great natural physique, and unlike Rob Terry and Mike O’hearn, I really believe he is natural.
No youtube channel for Adria, but a Facebook page.
So, are you decided to get a great physique naturally?
Read the starting guide here.